Just a two-hour scenic drive south of Sydney will bring you to a historic little township nestled between rainforest-strewn mountains. A National Trust-listed village, Kangaroo Valley takes its name from the native wildlife that is a feature of this area.
Charming and relaxing, Kangaroo Valley is popular with artists and gastronomes, as there are several cafes and pubs as well as galleries and antique shops to poke around in. As you drive into the township you’ll pass the historic Hampden Bridge; which was built in 1898 and is the oldest surviving suspension bridge in Australia.
Day-trippers should visit the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Museum Park, which includes the original farm buildings of early settlers including a homestead, a saddlery, a dairy, a forge and a school. If you have more time to spare, you can go kayaking or canoeing on the Kangaroo River or explore the surrounding National Parks and wildlife.
The nearby village of Fitzroy Falls is surrounded by native bushland and is best known for its spectacular waterfall that plunges over a steep cliff. It’s possible to follow an easy trail through the rainforest gullies and eucalypt forest to the Falls to see a fascinating array of Australian plants and wildlife.
Drive from Fitzroy Falls through the lush Cambewarra Mountains and you’ll be treated to dramatic views of the Illawarra Coast and the fertile plains of the valley. Further exploration of the Southern Highlands area will reveal more heritage villages, excellent wineries, great food and warm country hospitality.